Lee Edwards

Lee Edwards (born 1932) is a conservative academic and author, currently a fellow at The Heritage Foundation. He is a historian of the conservative movement in America.[1][2]

For the New Zealand cricketer, see Lee Edwards (cricketer).
American historian and author

Lee Edwards

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Edwards was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1932. Edwards says he was influenced by the politics of his parents, both anti-communist. His father was a journalist for the Chicago Tribune.[3]

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University and a doctorate in political science from Catholic University.[4]

Edwards helped found Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) in 1960, and then worked for the YAF magazine New Guard as editor.[5] In 1963, he became news director of the Draft Goldwater Committee.[5]

Their publications include biographies of Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley, Edwin Meese III and Goldwater,[6][7][8][9] and a work of history, The Conservative Revolution: The Movement That Remade America[10] and The Power of Ideas.[11] They acted as senior editor for the World & I, owned by a subsidiary of Sun Myung Moon‘s Unification Church.[12][13]

Edwards was the founding director of the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University and a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics.[14] He is a past president of the Philadelphia Society and has been a media fellow at the Hoover Institution.[15][16][17]

He is recognised as a distinguished fellow in conservative thought by the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation,[18] and as of 2011[update], and is an adjunct professor of politics at the Catholic University of America and Institute of World Politics.[19] Edwards co-founded the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation with the Heritage Foundation’s founder and chairman, Edwin Feulner, and was appointed its chairman emeritus.[20] Edwards is a signatory of the Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism.[21]

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